RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012
“A real air of calm, cool relaxation and a wonderful sense of space, which works perfectly. This garden demonstrates perfectly that Italian design principles are just as relevant today, in a contemporary design.” CHRIS BEARDSHAW, BBC1 2012
The APCO Garden
Throughout history, gardens have provided settings for discussion, dialogue and decision-making. The APCO Garden was designed as an outdoor space for contemplation and communication. In the tradition of the Medici villas, it provided a space for the development and exchange of big ideas on an intimate scale.
The APCO garden reinterpreted the centuries-long exchange between Italian and British garden cultures, combining the magic of Italian design principles with British horticultural bravura. It combined the three elements of great Italian gardens: evergreen architecture, stonework, and water, to create a small, elegant external space executed using ecologically-aware, twenty-first century craftsmanship.
A restrained palette of plants was used for impact and harmony in a small space. Green foliage played a key role in creating serenity in the garden and softened the crisp lines of the recycled Italian stone. Shades of orange and cream played off the warm tones in the stone and recall the colours of the APCO brand.
The APCO Garden was awarded a Silver Medal.
The garden was built by Gardenlink.